RIP Carlos Batts


We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing at age 40 of Carlos Batts, the fetish, entertainment, and music photographer/director we interviewed with his wife and artistic partner April Flores not two months ago.

His obituary on Adult Video News highlights a quote from our interview that evokes the spirit for which Batts was known:

Art is the strongest form of activism. Art encompasses everything. It encompasses the queer movement, fat activism, racism, all the “isms”—that’s our job. We’re not supposed to be total consumers…even though I want to be rich and have a million dollar boat, but my motivation is to cross boundaries and create a dialogue, and that’s what I’ve done it for since I was a kid.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →